February 9, 2022
Anthonia Ogundele & Family in the Anti-Racism Speaker Series
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Research indicates that two of the most effective ways of increase representation in STEM fields is the presence of role models and a supportive community. What’s a more supportive community than family? Anthonia Ogundele will engage in an inter-generational conversation with her sister Francisca Ogundele and father Dr. Gabriel Ogundele on their experiences with role models and community within the engineering profession. All have come to STEM in different ways, but all with the same desire to chart a path for those that will come after them.
Anthonia Ogundele is the Founder and Executive Director of Ethos Lab Educational Society. Ethos Lab is a non-profit STEM and culture-focused Innovation Academy for youth ages 13-18 that provides access to emerging technologies, culture, and a community of innovators. Through this work, Ms. Ogundele has launched Canada’s first Black-led Virtual Reality environment.
Ms. Ogundele’s career has been as a resilience professional. Most recently, she was with VanCity Credit Union as Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. Prior to that role, she held various positions in Emergency Management within the Ontario Government. She continues to consult as a resilience professional with the World Bank.
Ms. Ogundele has a passion for community. In 2016, she founded the Hogan’s Alley Land Trust (adjacent to Northeast False Creek), which evolved into the Hogan’s Alley Society through a merger with the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project. Ms. Ogundele was former Chair of the Coal Harbour Residents Association. In 2016, she founded the Cheeky Proletariat gallery, an accessible and inclusive space for the free expression of all people.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a certificate in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Environmental Studies, Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo.
Ms. Ogundele was recently honoured with the City of Vancouver’s Black History Month Community Leader Award.
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